9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nicoya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: San Jose

1
night
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Los Lagos Hot Springs ©
Los Lagos Hot Springs

1
day
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tenorio National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tenorio Volcano National Park itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Nicoya.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tenorio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tenorio National Park ©
Tenorio National Park

1
night
Nicoya

Nicoya
Nicoya, a city on the Nicoya Peninsula of the Guanacaste province, Costa Rica, is one of the country's most important tourist zones; it serves as a transport hub to Guanacaste's beaches and national parks. For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nicoya day trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Nicoya. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nicoya

Parks Nature Wildlife

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Serpentario, Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), Monteverde Morning Walk, and other attractions you added. On the 18th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Serpentario, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond, and then tour by night with Monteverde Night Walk Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Monteverde Morning Walk, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and then kick your exploration up a notch at The Original Canopy Tour.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nicoya to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Night Walk Costa Rica ©
Monteverde Night Walk Costa Rica
The Original Canopy Tour ©
The Original Canopy Tour
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then delve into the lush surroundings at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio journey builder site .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Mike’s Nature Tours, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Drake Bay

Your list of things to see and do now includes Corcovado National Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cano Island, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with Osa Divers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cano Island.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay journey planning website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Osa Divers, Corcovado National Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

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